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"Bono . . . doesn't slave for weeks on the nuances of a lyric or a melody. He comes in and kind of leaps, and that can be an incredibly inspiring thing to see."

-- Edge

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Ian Ryan

I'm a student at the University of Oregon studying Romance Languages and Political Science. I was born in Oregon and have lived here most of my life. I can't imagine a better place in the U.S. to be than the Pacific Northwest, and every day I love the green, the food, and the people in this corner of the country. I've also lived in Spain and Ukraine, and I will be heading back to Madrid for a year in late 2011.

I remember checking The Joshua Tree CD out from the public library as a kid and being captivated by a couple of songs called "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "Bullet The Blue Sky." I remember that when Achtung Baby came out, I had to pay attention to the radio and listen for the singer almost whispering because that meant "The Fly" was on. "Lemon," "Numb," and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" got me even more interested, but I didn't become a die-hard until Pop. I remember the first time I heard "Discothèque," which had me hooked. I sat and listened to Pop for about three days straight when I first got it. It wasn't that I didn't know that music could sound that way; rather I didn't know SOUND could sound that way. I've been enamored with the sound these four guys make ever since.

I love that U2 has never stood still or tried to copy their prior success, although sometimes I'm sure that would have been easier. I love that the band is the same four guys who have been playing together since 1975. I love how Bono's lyrics can be wide open and yet intimately personal at the same time. I love how the Edge can switch from playing the dirtiest clangs to the most heavenly shimmer on a dime. I love how Adam always looks so serene, rumbling away on his bass. I love how Larry always manages to create the perfect drums for a song, not to show off but to serve the music. I love how I can buy a $50 ticket from them and be assured of one of the best nights of my life. I love their music.

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April 26 2014

The Unforgettable Fire U2 Tribute Band Performance

Tonight in Troy

May 2 2014

LASERIUM® featuring U2

Tonight in Oakland

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